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Championing Filipino fashion and empowerment

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R’Bonney Nola Gabriel shines as a symbol of strength, resilience, and elegance, inspiring women throughout the country, and the entire world, or the universe rather. 

The reigning Miss Universe made an exciting visit to the Smilee Apparel factory in Caloocan City, creating a buzz of anticipation as this event brought together two forces that represent the essence of Filipino fashion and empowerment.

During her visit, R’Bonney had the opportunity to witness firsthand the meticulous artistry and dedication that goes into creating the 100 percent Filipino-made shirts that Smilee Apparel is renowned for. She engaged with the skilled craftsmen and women, appreciating their attention to detail and their unwavering commitment to delivering superior quality.

Miss Universe R’Bonney Nola Gabriel showing her appreciation for Filipino craftsmanship

The visit not only highlighted the exceptional talent and creativity within the Filipino fashion industry but also shed light on the importance of supporting local businesses. R’Bonney’s presence at the Smilee Apparel factory became a symbol of empowerment, inspiring individuals to embrace their unique talents and contribute to the growth and success of the Filipino fashion scene.

With her deep-rooted love for Filipino fashion, she serves as a catalyst, urging individuals to chase their aspirations, embrace their individuality, and leave a lasting, constructive influence on their communities. 

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Through her unwavering passion, R’Bonney empowers individuals to unlock their full potential, encouraging them to believe in their abilities and strive for greatness. Her remarkable journey not only captivates hearts but also serves as a reminder that strength, resilience, and elegance can be powerful catalysts for positive change.

The recently crowned beauty queens with MUPh national director Shamcey Supsup Lee (2nd from right) at Smilee Apparel headquarters

“I’d like to thank this Miss Universe Philippines and the sponsors that have been backing up this platform that is empowering us. Thank you for this opportunity and for allowing me to share how important it is to support Filipinos here in the home country – from the starting products to the finished products,” the 29-year-old beauty queen told the media. 

Moreover, R’Bonney’s influence extends to the newly crowned winner of Miss Universe Philippines. As an accomplished fashion designer, model, and advocate for women’s empowerment, she offers invaluable guidance and insights to the winner. Her experiences and journey inspire the winner to embrace their newfound platform, amplify their voice, and make a significant impact in promoting Filipino fashion and empowerment.

Joining her were the recently crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2023, Michelle Marquez Dee, as well as Pauline Amelinckx, Miss Supranational Philippines 2023, and Krishnah Gravidez, Miss Charm Philippines 2023.

The recently crowned beauty queens at Smilee Apparel factory

“R’Bonney is an amazing woman, very inspirational. I could really relate to her story. She told me that resilience is necessary to become a beauty queen. Her personal journey and experiences have inspired me, even more, to embrace this newfound platform, amplify my voice and make a significant impact in promoting everything that is good about our country,” Michelle told Manila Standard Lifestyle in an interview.

With these empowered women and Smilee Apparel leading the way, the celebration of Filipino fashion and empowerment flourishes. Their collective efforts inspire individuals to take pride in their heritage, embrace their individuality, and contribute to the growth and success of the vibrant Filipino fashion industry.

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